Michelle Lee

Allure, Editor-in-Chief

Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure—named 2017 Editor of the Year by Adweek.


Since taking the helm at Allure in 2015, Lee has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. Lee and her staff declared the “End of Anti-Aging” in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term “anti-aging” from their own lexicon. It was a bold statement that challenged readers and brands to look at and speak about aging in a more positive way — and it has made ripples in the beauty industry and beyond.


She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in her hijab. Since then, Allure has helped increase AAPI representation through covers with Gemma Chan, Naomi Osaka, Priyanka Chopra, and their June 2018 cover featuring three Asian models: Soo Joo Park, Fei Fei Sun, and Fernanda Ly.


Lee was previously the Editor in Chief and Chief Marketing Officer at NYLON. Prior to those positions, she was Co-Founder and Chief Content and Strategy Officer at branded content agency Magnified Media and held senior positions at Mademoiselle and Glamour.


She is a Board member of Colorcomm, a member of Adweek’s Advisory Council and was named to the Gold House A100 of most influential Asians in 2018 and 2019, Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017.